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Middletown Area School District announces its Students of the Year

The Middletown Area School District recently announced its Outstanding Students of the Year for 2016-2017. Here is the list of honorees, including comments from the school district. There are …

Middletown man identified as victim in Harrisburg shooting on Tuesday; Highspire resident sought

Harrisburg police are looking for a Highspire man in connection with a shooting in the city Tuesday night that resulted in the death of a Middletown man, officials say. The victim was identified …

What are the best and worst days to buy gas?

Monday is the best day to fill up your gas tank, but avoid Thursday. GasBuddy technology company analyzed three years’ worth of fuel price data and found that Monday offers the lowest average. …

Forum on veterans benefit to be held May 18 in Lower Swatara Township

Dauphin County commissioners will host a free forum in Lower Swatara Township on May 18 to provide information on federal, state and county veteran and dependent benefits. Representatives of the …

MAHS team takes first in Chamber business challenge, for ecofriendly car window project

A Middletown Area High School took first place Wednesday in the second round of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC’s ninth annual Chamber High School Business Challenge at Harrisburg …

Seniors to learn about history of Pennsylvania Turnpike

“History and Happenings Along the Pennsylvania Turnpike” will be featured at the next gathering of the Derry Seniors, set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 16. The program will be held in the …

Borough OKs $45,000 contract for mowing

Middletown Borough Council on April 18 approved hiring a company to mow the grass of borough-owned properties. Borough staff recommended council award the contract to ACC International of …

Sportsmen Limited plays host to youth anglers for 24th time

The Sportsmen Limited of Middletown held its 24th annual Kids Trout Derby on Saturday, April 22. Derby President Ed Barb estimated the total turnout to be about 150 children. They were split into two …

Troop 97’s O’Donnell recognized with Life Scout rank

Jason O’Donnell, of Troop 97 in Londonderry Township, has been recognized for earning the Life Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America. Achieving Life Scout is the culmination of nine years of …

Hoke and Tarczynski receive Lower Dauphin Student of the Month honors

Lower Dauphin High School seniors Mary Kate Tarczynski and Kylie Hoke recently were selected as Students of the Month for March. Tarczynski was recognized by the Rotary Club of Hummelstown. The …
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Middletown softball wins thriller, then loses big

Hayli Akakpo-Martin stole third base and scored the game-winning run on a wild throw in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Lady Raiders a 4-3 walk-off win over visiting Trinity on …

Blue Raiders split pair of road baseball games

A tense 7-5 victory over Susquehanna Township on Monday, April 17, kicked off an exciting week for the Middletown varsity baseball team. The Blue Raiders traveled to the West Shore to take on …

Raiders walk off against Trinity

Hayli Akakpo-Martin stole third base and scored the game-winning run on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Lady Raiders a 4-3 walk-off win over visiting Trinity Tuesday …

Shoot, they're good: Middletown-based BB gun team wins state title in first year

For a brand new team to win a state championship in its first year — that’s a pretty good start. A new youth BB gun team from the Middletown Hunter’s & Angler’s Club took first place …

Blue Raiders take on West Perry in boys, girls track

At the Middletown Blue Raiders’ track meet on Tuesday, April 11, vs. West Perry, the Middletown boys won, 90-60. The girls lost 77-73.
Local news

LD student takes prestigious math exam

Lower Dauphin High School senior Travis Walborn earned a berth to the prestigious American Invitational Mathematics Examination last month. About 40 Lower Dauphin students participated in the …

Revamped borough website now in place

A new-look Middletown Borough website is now live. The site has the same address — www.middletownborough.com — but otherwise looks completely different from what residents had been …

NRC puts on Three Mile Island open house, draws a crowd of 1

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission had a solitary visitor to its open house Thursday night. Joyce Vigilante of the borough of Royalton attended the event since she was “curious” about how …

Plaque highlighting town clock’s history erected next to it

A plaque drawing attention to the story of Middletown’s iconic town clock has been erected in front of the large timepiece at Emaus and Union streets. The plaque pays tribute to The Mothers …

About 90 military banners have been sold; they should be up in the borough by Memorial Day

Banners paying tribute to military personnel from today and long ago have been ordered and should be up in Middletown by Memorial Day, Councilor Diana McGlone has told the Press & …

DEP moving ahead on crematory draft plan despite pending appeal

Even as Middletown continues waiting on a Dauphin County judge to rule regarding whether to allow a crematory at Fager-Finkenbinder Funeral Home, state regulators are moving closer to their own …
Editorials

Sex offender residency laws: There are no easy answers: Editorial

If you read the following editorial as being sympathetic toward sex offenders, you are missing the point. We are not being sympathetic. We simply want to state that it’s not always possible to …
Columnists

Adventures in Pennsylvania Budget Wonderland: Bob Dick

In Lewis Carroll’s classic wonderland tale, Alice famously asks the Cheshire Cat, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want …

Mandatory minimum sentencing a necessity: State Rep. Ron Marsico

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently struck down some of the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing statutes because they did not require the commonwealth to prove the elements triggering the …

Are Exelon and other nuclear companies welfare gods?: John LaForge

You have to hand it to the nuclear industry for socializing costs and privatizing profits. Last year, lobbyists for operators of dirty, deadbeat old reactors won massive public subsidies — bailouts …
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